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Toasts for Good Cheer

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Toasts for Good Cheer

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today,
mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.
~Henry Ward Beecher

May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.
~Irish Blessings

These things I warmly wish for you
Someone to love, some work to do,
A bit o’ sun, a bit o’ cheer,
And a guardian angel always near.
~Irish Blessings

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain,
tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you,
those you love near you
and all your heart might desire.
~Irish Blessings

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.
~William Shakespeare

At Christmas play and make good cheer,
for Christmas comes but once a year.
~Thomas Tusser

Message of Gratitude from Rhonda Byrne, creator of The Secret

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Message of Gratitude from Rhonda Byrne, creator of The Secret

A Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne, Creator of The Secret

Two words which will change your life!

There are two words that, when spoken, have the most unfathomable power to completely change your life. Two words which, when they pass your lips, will be the cause of bringing absolute joy and happiness to you. Two words that will create miracles in your life. Two words that will wipe out negativity. Two words that will bring you abundance in all things. Two words which, when uttered and sincerely felt, will summon all the forces and vibrations in the Universe to move all things for you.

The only thing standing between you, happiness, and the life of your dreams, are two words…


Gratitude is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to transform your life. If you become truly grateful, you will magnetize absolute joy to you everywhere you go, and in everything you do. In fact, without gratitude, nothing can ever change. Your life will change to the degree that you use gratitude and begin to feel grateful. If you are just a little bit grateful, your life will change a little bit. If you are very grateful, your whole life will change. If you live gratitude every single day, you will become one of the greatest human beings on the planet, and the light of your life will uplift our world.

The greatest human beings who have ever lived showed us the way with gratitude, and by their example became shining lights in our history. Einstein said "thank you" hundreds of times every single day! Ancient wisdom dating back thousands of years gave us the truth about gratitude. Every single religion speaks of giving thanks. All the sages and saviors of the world demonstrated the use of gratitude in all their teachings.

Of the thousands of letters we receive from people whose lives have become miracles after experiencing The Secret, every single one of them has made gratitude their way of life. It is impossible to be negative when you are giving thanks. It is impossible to criticize or blame when you are feeling grateful. It is impossible to feel sad when you are in gratitude. Most people are sporadically grateful, however, to change your life with gratitude, a new way of learning how to be truly grateful is what will bring unlimited happiness into your life.

So how do you live in gratitude? Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water, the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothes, your shoes, the car that you drive, your job, your friends, your refrigerator that keeps your food cold. Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the sky, the birds, the trees, the grass, the rain, and the flowers. Be grateful for the stores that make it so easy to buy the things you need, the restaurants, the utilities and services and electrical appliances that make your life effortless. Be grateful for magazines and the books that you read. Be grateful for the chair that you sit on, and the pavement that you walk on. Be grateful for your favorite music that sweeps you away, and for movies that make you feel good. Be grateful for your phone that connects you with people, for your computer, for the electricity that lights up your life. Be grateful for air travel that flies you everywhere. Be grateful for the roads and traffic lights that keep the traffic in order. Be grateful to those who built our bridges. Be grateful for your pet, for your child, for your loved ones, for your eyes that enable you to read this. Be grateful for your imagination. Be grateful that you can think! Be grateful that you can speak. Be grateful that you can laugh and smile. Be grateful that you can breathe! Be grateful that you are alive! Be grateful that you are You! Be grateful that there are two words that can change your life!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The more that you practice gratitude the more deeply you will feel it in your heart, and the depth of the feeling is the key. The more deeply and sincerely you feel it, the more you will bring absolute bliss and happiness on every single subject. Watch what happens in your life when you practice gratitude every single day and in every single moment and in every opportunity that you can. Remember, if you are criticizing, you are not being grateful. If you are blaming, you are not being grateful. If you are complaining, you are not being grateful. If you are feeling tension, you are not being grateful. If you are rushing, you are not being grateful. If you are in a bad mood, you are not being grateful.

To understand the power and the magic of gratitude, you have to experience it for yourself. So why not begin by deciding to find 100 things a day to be grateful for? As you practice gratitude every day, it won’t take long before gratitude is your natural state of being, and when it happens you will have unlocked one of the greatest Secrets to Life.

There is just one other thing that I want you to know about Gratitude…..

When you are giving thanks, you FEEL GOOD!

Rhonda Byrne
The Secret… bringing joy to billions.


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Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

– Author Unknown

Turkey Dinner (humorous poem) by Ginny Ellis

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Turkey Dinner (humorous poem) by Ginny Ellis

I had a dream the other night,

About Thanksgiving Day,
The situation was reversed.
A Pilgrim was the bird of prey.
I saw some turkeys gathered ’round,
For their strange and sumptuous, feast,
They brooded, as they feuded,
Over which would get which piece.
The Pilgrim lay upon a platter,
Stretched out in full array,
Surrounded by potatoes,
A sight for a gourmet.
An apple stuffed into his mouth,
His boots of licorice black,
A gravy colored jacket,
And a charcoal tinted hat.
How to carve him – how to serve him?
A dilemma for the birds,
Was the frantic sound I heard.
"Let’s roast him," cackled one old hen,
"Saute’ his innards and his heart."
"Boiling’s good," another said.
"Let’s serve him ala carte."
"Oh my," I thought, when I woke up,
"How rude those turkeys were!"
Then I hastened to the table,
To polish off my turkey bird.
Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
Copyright November 2002 ~ 2003 ~ 2006

Thanksgiving Blessings by Melody Beattie

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.

–Melody Beattie

POEM: The Last Piece of Pie

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The Last Piece of Pie

It was I.
I cannot lie.
It was I
who ate the last piece of pie.

It lay there in the fridge.
I thought I would eat just a midge
but oh it tasted so good
and put me in such a happy mood.

Each bite made another bite.
I really did try to fight
the yearning for just a bit.
Oh, mother is going to have a fit
for the pie is all gone.

But, I cannot tell a lie.
It was the most scrumptious pie
and all I wanted was just a bit.

But once begun I could not cease.
Now the last piece
will bring me no peace
for I had finished the pie.

~Lillian Berman~

Family Holidays: Built Upon the Past

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Family Holidays: Built Upon the Past
November 21, 2007

As the holidays approach, you may be preparing yourself to gather with family members you don’t usually spend time visiting. You may even feel that you are choosing to meet more from a sense of obligation than celebration. But when we trust that the universe always places us exactly where we need to be, we know that we have been placed in our families for some higher purpose. Your spirit may have chosen that particular group of souls to help you learn certain lessons, or to give you the experiences necessary to overcome specific challenges. And when we feel we’ve moved away from situations that don’t resemble us or the life we choose to live, it can seem frustrating to put ourselves back into an old scenario. But even a sense of obligation is a sign that you are still connected to the energy of your family, and for that alone it is worth investing yourself into making the most of any gathering.

Once surrounded by people from your past, you may find that you are feeling challenged by a sort of identity crisis. There is likely to be a gap between the person you know yourself to be now and how you are seen by those who knew you before. But you can call upon your inner strength to stand in your truth and simply be who you are without needing their approval or heeding any criticism. Then, you can offer them the gift you’d like to receive when you also allow them to be themselves.

Being in situations that we might not choose for ourselves allows us to see ourselves in a new light. The contrast helps us to see our own strengths and weaknesses, and to learn to accept others for theirs. Part of the magic of family is the way in which it bonds diverse people together, allowing them to function as a complete unit. Who we are today has been built upon our past. If nothing else, rejoining with the family and friends who knew us in our earlier days allows us to recall where we came from so that we can appreciate all that we’ve been given.

RECIPE: Non-Dairy, Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie (Vegan)

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Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts are for filling only.

1-1/2 packages Mori-Nu Silken Lite Firm Tofu*
2 cups canned or cooked pumpkin
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice or next 4 ingredients
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 unbaked 9" pastry crust

* For firmer texture, use Mori-Nu Silken Extra Firm Tofu

Drain tofu and blend in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add remaining ingredients; blend well. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for about 1 hour. Filling will be soft, but will firm as it chills. Chill and serve.
Nutritional Notes
Provides 2g of fiber per serving
Nutritional Facts

Calories: 122 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 26g
Sodium: 49mg Cholesterol:: 0mg Protein: 4g

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Looking for A Thanksgiving Blessing?

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You are amazing.  I love your latest book, Heart of the Holidays. In fact this morning I opened it up to the Thanksgiving section to find an appropriate verse/blessing to begin our festive day and meal.  You have another masterpiece. You have a gift for putting words and thoughts into a small book that relates to every aspect of living and loving. You only have a few months before all of us will be waiting to hear about your next gem!!!

POEM: My Thanksgiving Diet

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My Thanksgiving Diet
A tiny piece of turkey,
a touch of mashed potatoes,
one tablespoon of gravy,
two cherry red tomatoes.
Thirteen little peas,
a quarter cup of yams,
no butter for my roll.
I’m glad there was no ham.
Impressed you are, you say?
I cannot tell a lie.
The last thing that I ate
was the entire pumpkin pie!
~Sandy Holman McVey
Copyright 2005

Thanksgiving 365 Days a Year

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Have you noticed that we appreciate things more when we lose them? I know I did before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 23 in 1986 when I went from a competitive athlete to being paralyzed from the neck down. Since that time, I have experienced numerous attacks of paralysis and blindness with varying degrees of recovery in between.

Now, I give thanks each night for the senses which I DO have, rather than the abilities I have lost. It’s amazing how beautiful a sunset is when you’ve lost your eyesight for a few weeks or how enjoyable a walk along the beach can be when you’ve been confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed for nearly a month. Since regaining my ability to walk, I truly appreciate playing a round of golf with my husband and traveling internationally as I’m no longer bedridden.Years ago when I was in a wheelchair during Canadian Thanksgiving, I decided to go to a Medical Healing retreat in Baja, California, Mexico. My recovery was so terrific that I was able to enjoy a “personal best” golf round one month later during the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend – I savored that turkey dinner in more ways than one! During times when I have lost my sense of touch and feeling to the degree that I could no longer appreciate the softness of my pet’s fur, I would take action with an “attitude of gratitude” and book an appointment at a spa – when my legs were numb, it was an ideal time to have them waxed!

Of all the holidays I celebrate each year, I enjoy Thanksgiving the most because it’s an opportunity to share with my loved ones the lessons I have learned about never taking things for granted and especially, to treat EVERY day like it’s Thanksgiving Day. I encourage them to practice Jack Canfield’s quote – “Each night when you go to sleep, try counting your blessings, instead of just counting sheep.”

~Jan Mills, Speaker, Health & Wellness Coach,

Published in Heart of the Holidays

Kids Say the Cutest Things: OUR DAILY BREAD

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When my daughters were growing up we always bought wheat bread. Sandwiches, toast, French toast, you name it, it was wheat bread. When the girls were about three and five years old, we bought some white flour dinner rolls for our Thanksgiving dinner. Our guests were seated at the table, the turkey was being carved and I cut a roll in slices for the girls. I’m not sure what she thought we’d been eating all along, but when I put a slice on her plate, my three year old said, "Oh!  Clean bread!" 

-Joan Enguita,

Published in  Heart of the Holidays

RECIPE: Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup (serves 8)


1 butternut squash-peel and cut into chunks
1 leek-wash and chop
2 tbsp unsalted butter
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock, salt, pepper, nutmeg
(optional: 1 cup of heavy cream)

Melt butter in large pot; add leeks and sauté about 6-8 minutes; add squash and cover with chicken or vegetable stock; bring to a boil and cook until squash is very tender; remove squash with a slotted spoon and put in a blender with a little stock; puree until all soup is pureed; season with salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg.

Add heavy cream (optional).

RECIPE: Wisconsin Cranberry Relish

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Wisconsin Cranberry Relish

1 bag fresh whole cranberries   (12 oz)
2 Oranges
Grate the peel.  Cut off membrane and remove seeds. Cut into small sections.
1 Lemon
Grate the peel.  Squeeze remaining juice.
1 cup sugar (and ½ more to taste)
1 and 1/2 cup pecans slightly crushed

Combine cranberries and orange sections in a cuisine art or mixer/chopper. Add juice of 1 lemon and zest of lemon.  Add zest of 2 oranges.  Mix well then add pecans and stir by hand.  Chill then drain and serve.

This may be made ahead and refrigerated, covered, for up to 1 week before serving.  You can also freeze extra until Christmas!

Makes 4 cups.

Recipe by:  Jane Henning
Submitted by: Liz Mohler (her daughter)

Wisconsin is the nation’s leader in cranberry farming and produces more than 300 million pounds of fruit annually – more than half of the estimated 575 million pounds of cranberries that Americans consume each year.

Cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America–the other two are blueberries and Concord grapes. This tasty little berry was a staple in the diets of American Indians long before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

Authors Share Their Original Stories in New Holiday Book

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Authors Share Their Original Stories in New Holiday Book

Previously published authors sharing previously unpublished original stories and poems are featured in the November 1 release of Heart of the Holidays: Yuletide Treasury and Traditions. Readers embrace touching tributes celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day,  Yuletide Around the Globe, Winter Solstice, and Ringing in the New Year.

Authors include: Lorri V. Allen, Lee A. Barron, Lillian Berman, Cynthia Brian, Marilyn Dalrymple, Lisa Delman, Virgina Ellis, Darlene Fahl-Brittian, Jerry Gitchel, Carolle Jean-Murat, Jan Mills, Selena Parker, Kay Presto, John Reddish, Marcia Reynolds, Karen Robertson, Sheryl Roush, Jennifer Rousseau Sedlock, Reta Taylor, Terri Marie, Joni Wilson and Judy Wright.

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